Question for diabetic mothers...

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2014-01-17 13:50:33 -0600
Started 2014-01-09 13:05:55 -0600

I recently had a baby and was wondering if there were any others out there that are type 1 and breastfed their babies? My blood sugar keeps dropping around the same time each day due to my breastfeeding. I was just wondering what you found that helped balance the blood sugars?

5 replies

candykitty 2014-01-14 07:09:59 -0600 Report

I have had 3 babies. The first I was young and didn't know about the being its of breast feeding no one at the hospital even showed me or tried to get me to breast feed. When I got pregnant with my second I told my ob that I really wanted to breast feed and asked her why no one helped me on the first she said diabetics usually don't want to bc it's too much trouble on top of taking care of ourselves. But I wanted to (and I found it was more trouble having more than one kid rather than any trouble adding breast feeding to my diabetic routines) and plus research shows that when a diabetic mom breast feeds it cuts the risk of your child ever developing it. The only issue I had was I didn't produce very high calorie milk or maybe it just wasn't enough so I had to supplement along with it. I don't know if that was bc I was diabetic or just how my body works. Hope that helps answer your question.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2014-01-17 13:50:33 -0600 Report

thanks candykitty, that is great info to have. I am trying to get as much info as possible because lets face it, breastfeeding is hard to understand and get the hang of.

julianaor 2014-01-09 15:27:54 -0600 Report

Hello. I know this is not the answer you're looking for but i was wondering if you could tell me a little bit about your pregnancy as a diabetic. I want to know if its as hard as people make it seem. Please tell us about your journey.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2014-01-13 14:07:49 -0600 Report

All of my life I was told that it would be really difficult to have a baby as a type 1 diabetic. But thank goodness technology and the medical field have evolved to make it possible to have a healthy pregnancy and baby now. It is true that it does become more difficult to control your diabetes during pregnancy, but if you are vigilant and stay on top of it and work with your doctors closely it isn't terrible. I have had two healthy babies.

Here is an article that I wrote about what it is really like to have type 1 diabetes during pregnancy. It might give your some insight that I found is hard to find out there on the web.

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